“Picasso: Tradition and Avant-garde”

Museo Nacional del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
June 6–September 3, 2006

Curated by Carmen Giménez and Francisco Calvo Serraller

Also on view at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Picasso would probably have been thrilled to see his paintings hanging alongside works from the Prado by the great Spanish artists who inspired him, and this two-part survey covers each stage of his career. In the Prado, fifty of his canvases are to be juxtaposed with paintings from the museum’s collection (for instance, Picasso’s Reclining Nude, 1964, will be paired with Goya’s Naked Maja, ca. 1798–1805), tendering a set of analogies sure to inspire critical reflection. The exhibition’s occasion is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the “return” of Guernica, 1937, to Spain (where it had never been before), and the Reina Sofía focuses on this painting and its legacy. For the first time, Picasso’s canvas will be hung with Manet’s Execution of Maximilian, 1868–69, and Goya’s Third of May 1808, 1814.